KING GEORGE IV (GREAT BRITAIN) - ROYAL WARRANT SIGNED 03/27/1812 CO-SIGNED BY: MARQUIS ROBERT STEWART (VISCOUNT CASTLEREAGH) LONDONDERRY - HFSID 57291
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KING GEORGE IV of the UNITED KINGDOM
The King signs a 1822 royal warrant alongside his Foreign Affairs Secretary, appointing a secretary for British legations to the Ottoman Emperor
Royal warrant signed: "George PR" and Prince Regent of the United Kingdom in brown ink. Also, "Castlereagh" as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. 6 pages, 8x12½. Carlton House, London, England. February 12, 1822. Paper seal in left margin affixed with red wax. In part: "Our Will and Pleasure is, that you forthwith cause the Great Seal of Great Britain to be affixed to an Instrument bearing date with these Presents (a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) containing a lull Power to Our Trusty and Well beloved Robert Siston Esquire, His Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to His Majesty's Good Friend the Ottoman Emperor, authorizing and empowering him to treat and agree with the Minister or Ministers of His Majesty's said good Friend, duly authorized thereunto, upon all such matters and things as in the said Instrument of Full are contained and expressed - And for so doing this shall be your Warrant". KING GEORGE IV (1762-1830, reigned from 1820) served as Regent of Great Britain from 1811, when his father, George III, was declared insane. As Prince of Wales he had very poor relationships both with his father, and with his wife, Princess Caroline of Brunswick, whom he forbade to attend his coronation and tried to divorce. As Regent, however, his choice of cabinet helped conclude the Napoleonic Wars (1815). War's end brought both peace and depression when government demand for supplies ceased. Prices fell and thousands became unemployed, instigating the first labor unions. He took steps to curb the depression with such acts as the Corn Law (1815). During his reign as King of Great Britain & Ireland (1820-1830), George IV's appreciation of the arts led to the development of Regent Street and Regent's Park and the restoration of Windsor Castle. He also initiated penal code reform and abolition of the death penalty (1822). George became increasingly unpopular, due in part to his lavish expenditures. His visit to Scotland in 1822 was the first by a British monarch since 1650. ROBERT STUART (1769-1822), who had been given the courtesy title of Viscount CASTLEREAGH when his father was created Earl of Londonderry in 1796, became Foreign Secretary in 1812, two years before signing this document. In that capacity, Castlereagh was instrumental in negotiating the quadruple alliance between the United Kingdom, Austria, Russia and Prussia at Chaumont in March 1814. At the Congress of Vienna, he developed a form of security for Europe that settled a number of disputes, but his system collapsed by 1822 due to differences of opinion between the quadruple alliance. Normal mailing folds. Slightly toned. Light surface creases. Edges slightly worn and soiled. Small tears along edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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